Volunteer Nature Activity Leader Ribble Discovery Centre

Posted:
Tuesday 19 March 2019
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people
Location:
Ribble Discovery Centre

What we're looking for

Share in the excitement as a Volunteer Nature Activity Leader by delivering some of our educational sessions. Our Schools on Reserves programme gives school children the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! Our visiting schools program includes hands on fun activities frequently linked to our coastal environment such as mud dipping on the Ribble Estuary and sand dune investigations amongst other curriculum linked outdoor sessions. The Ribble Estuary is an important place for birds with almost a quarter of a million of them regularly spending the winter there, feeding on the invertebrate rich expansive mud.

The skills you need

Essential skills/experience needed: * The confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme both in the field and the classroom with a group of young people and their teachers * A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment, but no expertise required! * An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills * A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of a group * Enthusiasm and excellent communication skills * Ability to communicate with a wide variety of children * Self motivated, with an ability to work alone or with others * Good organisation skills. * Computer literacy ability to use e mail, internet, word processing Desirable skills/experience: * Some field teaching experience would be an advantage but not essential * Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage * Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage

Your time

Minimum:
Approx one day a week during summer term
Duration:
On-going
Period:
All year round, but mainly March to October

What's in it for you?

An induction to the locality and its habitats Induction to the RSPB The opportunity to become part of a friendly, supportive team Regular line management support An opportunity to gain unique field teaching experience Opportunities to have fun in an outdoor learning environment with young people and their teachers Opportunities to share/gain natural history knowledge Relevant health and safety and other appropriate training is provided An RSPB uniform and name badge References, if appropriate

How to apply

Contact

Jo Taylor, Ribble Discovery Centre
Tel: 01253 796292
Email: Jo.Taylor@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

Appropriate training, tools and equipment will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland. References will also be taken up. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.

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